UTAS course in health and fitness technologies

The University of Tasmania is holding another of its online Foundations of Technology for Healthy Living courses beginning next month, aiming to help health science students to navigate the world of fitness technologies.

The free course, first staged last year, looks at how new technologies can be used to live a healthier lifestyle as well as the concept of gamification and how it can be used to elicit behavioural change.

“Students will learn about the new technologies that aim to measure, enhance and alter daily activities to help students achieve a healthier lifestyle,” unit coordinator Matt Schmidt said.

"We want students to understand the benefits of physical activity, the strengths and limitations of the devices that are coming on to the market and how they can be used to change behaviours for a healthier lifestyle and reduced risk of disease.

Co-coordinator Stu Smith has been involved in developing video games for both rehabilitation and improving health outcomes.

"The use of games in health is a huge area of growth; they are now widely accessible, as well as portable via tablets and smartphones," Associate Professor Smith said.

The course starts on February 23, with applications closing on February 16. See www.utas.edu.au/healthytechnology for more information.

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